Let’s Talk About The F Word

We use this word a lot lately, but do we really understand the meaning behind it?

Here is what Wikipedia defines it as:

Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.

Here is Beyonce’s definition of it:

There is event a Ted Talk on it:

So why is there still so much misconception around this word?

Yesterday, I attended Northern Power Women, a conference designed to recognise the north of England as a force for good for gender diversity. At a conference with such a distinguished title, what would you expect to find? Well, powerful northern women of course and they were there in their flocks, with a few men and ladies from other parts of the country thrown in for good measure.

Speakers included Harriet Minter, Esther McVey and Jo Swinson to name but a few. All exploring, debating and defining what the F word means to them.

I was invited to sit on a panel titled “Our Future”. The panel explored, how the younger generation are redefining feminism and tackling gender inequality. The panel was hosted by Claire Young and I was joined by Robyn Dooley, 17 and Grace Jones, 15. Of all the individuals in the room, these two were my favourite. They are a true example of how young women can rewrite the rule book when it comes to this issue. Grace had recently featured in a Unilever campaign #brightfutures and was an activist for food poverty. Robyn, an entrepreneur who had set up her own business to plug young creatives into industry experience.

The day was a great experience and sparked so many conversations around the room about achieving the gender balance. Conversations which hopefully will now turn into action in their lives, homes and places of work.

Feminism, really is about creating your own definition and taking it into the world. How that looks, you decide. #Fword #EmilyvsWorld

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